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Picasso at the AGO -There’s Still Time!

By: Liz Guber Above: Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Have you gone to see the Picasso exhibit at the AGO yet? Like many others, I put off seeing Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris, until it's last week in Toronto, which happens to be the final, and only Canadian stop on the exhibit's tour during the renovations of its home museum in Paris. I attended the exhibit with my mother, and her breadth of Picasso trivia enriched my tour of the gallery as much as any audio guide could. Did you know that Picasso was a communist? Thank you, mother.

Bullfight: Death of the Toreador, 1933. A standout piece from the collection.

Large crowds aside, the exhibit was well-curated and extremely enjoyable. Spanning 9 rooms and 17,000 square feet, the collection  decidedly focused on Picasso's personal journey in art, rather than his influence on the art world at large. Descriptions of the works were kept to a minimum, but the evolution of Picasso's genius was felt as one traversed from room to room. Taking in his sketches, candid photos and studies of his many mistresses, a sense of satisfaction washed over me upon leaving the gallery.

Olga in The Armchair, 1918.

For fellow procrastinators, the AGO will keep the exhibit open until 7pm, allowing for an after-work romp through though the gallery. Hurry up and buy your tickets, once the collection goes back to Paris, there is very little chance it will be released again. Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris runs from May 1 - Aug. 26. Adult admission $25.

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